Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21 Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21 Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21

Nicola Arthen investigates the mutual relations between objects’ and humans’ capacities, a negotiation between site and experience. By isolating artefacts from their peripheral state and turning them into protagonists, he is invested in their stories, struggles and unique qualities, as well as the poetics and politics of labor to reproduce these. 

Arthen focuses on unexpected encounters in systems of standardization – the trace of an individual’s hand, or personal considerations in a serial product: a makeshift, cobbled-together water meter, a smooth assembly-line choreography to cope with the machines’ rhythms, a hesitation in a computer-generated voice. His work takes the form of installations and time-based media, often contributing to a moderated spatial environment such as the form of bespoke temperature devices or the scripted voice of a car’s navigation system.

Nicola Arthen (b. Germany, 1990) is currently doing an MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London, and studied fine art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in art spaces such as NEST in The Hague, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen in the Netherlands, PAOS in Guadalajara, Mexico, Lovaas Projects in Munich, the National Gallery in Prague, and the Bröhan Museum in Berlin. He has been granted residencies at Taller Los Guayabos in Guadalajara and StartPoint in Prague.

Also on view
P/////AKTPOOL – Benjamin Francis

Nicola Arthen, Benjamin Francis

  • Friday 25 June 12:00–20:00
  • Opening
  • Nicola Arthen, Hearing trucks probably dreaming better